I honestly thought the whole thing would take me two years... I thought, "I've finished a Tarot deck, I can definitely finish a graphic novel! I didn't understand at the time everything I would be putting myself through. Long, long periods of work, focused on a single long-term goal is a pretty good way to burn yourself out. As a result, at the beginning of the year, I decided to say "fuck it" and put all the work from 2014 to 2017 online and call it "Book One."
After a short honeymoon with Fulfillment by Amazon, I've decided to return to handling the shipping directly. I'm shutting down my sellers account as soon as the last of the Ellis decKs have been purchased from their site. Until then, you can buy the remaining plastic Large edition decks for $60.00USD at Amazon.com. Stay tuned for announcements on other deck availability!
Seven of Cups
WHAT DO YOU EVEN WANT?
We’re feeling good, now. We’re rested up and ready to tackle…something. We want some adventure (the 7 is a Chariot card) but which game to play? If we want to get going, we’d better pick one and stick with it.
This card is asking you to define your passion a little bit better. Maybe you like the freedom of being a jack of all trades, but this is telling you that you could really do something if you grabbed one of these ideas and really ran with it. We have a solar disc, an all-seeing-eye, a lotus, a skull, some hearts, a piece of fruit, and a lyre. Each cup is crafted as a different idea, ideologically, directionally, or perhaps randomly. Perhaps this is a rush of ideas coming from different spots in what we want, it’s up to us to sort them out, one at a time. The focus that we do it with is our key.
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Six of Cups
RETURN TO WONDERLAND
Man it’s been a rough couple of cards! One second we were loving life, then we were bored of it, then we hated on it! Jeez. When was the last time we focused on something positive? Let’s take a break from being a bummer and think about some goodness, even if we have to get out our history book to find it.
The Six of cups holds sweet little baby mermaids! Each one is taking a peak and seeing the other. The radiant light shines right at the level of their eye contact. This innocent engagement is held up by a foundation of healthy, overflowing cups. Relax and keep an innocent point of view, but don’t get stuck in the past, we’re only at six!
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Five of Cups
Sometimes stuff sucks. It’s ok. It’s true. On the four of cups we were just a little too arrogant to appreciate everything but here on the five, we are bummed out. Three of this mermaids’ cups sink into the sea, their tasty contents blending with the sea water, never to be a tasty beverage ever again.
What’s that behind her though?
When it gets pretty rough and we start devaluing ourselves, we cheat ourselves out of being able to accept the parts of our life with staying power, and what treasures they are for that. This isn’t the easiest thing to accept, and the overall meaning of the card is connected to the inability to let go. Buck up though, you still have two whole cups! .
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They can’t all be gems. Some days are just days. We forget how about how grateful we are for everything we have. Sometimes we don’t give ourselves credit. This is normal, it’s the down to the up in that three of cups! While it’s natural, it’s not good to stay in this vibe - that’s when the fourth cup comes along and knocks us back to attention.
The Four of Cups is a position between movements. Normally, it happens because we NEED to take the time out and do some planning. We’ve been putting a lot of ourselves into things, and we don’t have too much to give. It’s also a time to take an inventory. Where IS that fourth cup, anyway? Didn’t we order it a long time ago? If there’s anything we need to do according to this card, it’s take the break so we can put our heart back into things!
Three of Cups
When you find yourself in good times, you’ll find the three of cups. These mermaids clink glasses in the radiant sun on a calm day in the ocean. The day is bright and the waves are settled enough for everyone to come together and celebrate.
The three of Cups isn’t a terrible situation to find yourself in. We find revelry, happy faces, beautiful days, and calm waters all have a strengthening effect on our being. Celebrating is how we make good times great. As a 3 - this energy is wild, and we have to moderate it out. Nothing exhausts us faster than a party we can never leave.
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TO US! The cups clink. Wide eyes meet with the radiating light of the sky highlighting this eye contact. There is excitement in the newness of the situation. The two are caught up in the same wave, and they ride it together in union.
This card is fresh harmony. It doesn’t have to be a romance, but even a business partnership brought together under these circumstances is going to have the same aspects as a relationship. You gotta share or you’re getting nowhere. This can mean giving up individual desires to maintain an emotional balance. This isn’t without limits, while there is no discernible body, the two maintain their individual heads. .
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Ace of Cups
A single chalice rises from rolling waves. Wavelike markings on the cup represent the up and down nature of this realm of emotion. The yellow sky represents the power present in our emotions. Above the chalice, radiant light shines downward. What is so special about a chalice of water in a sea of the stuff? That depends on how you carry it.
The Ace is the starting place of the journey a Tarot suit provides. To see it in a reading means it is an opportunity, not a done deal. You could pass right by the Ace of Cups, avoiding the opportunity for emotional exploration. It does represent a refreshment in the face of your present circumstances. At the very least, hydrate.
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AND SO ON
Before we know it, we’ve gone around the world and back. It’s been another year or we’ve left home for parts unknown and returned a Fool, but a Fool with experience!
The World dances barefoot at the bottom of a yoni like shape, it we were to follow this shape upward it would conclude as another infinity. This is to show time and time again, we will be born into the situations of the world. If we have made observations and learned and grown, we know the dance moves for any given situation come from our ability to find the rhythm. This flashy dancer wear elemental clothing - showing familiarity with fixed ideas, but the ability to use them skillfully! Holding two wands, the dancer shows us the pillars of the High Priestess and the Hierophant eventually become tools we wield. Limitation become leverage! With a yellow, blue, and green eye - the dancer is the perfect fusion of the Lovers. With a body of pure like and a head like an open flower - the dancer embodies a structured but open mind. We close the journey of the soul in the Major Arcana with this card, but also we arrange the cards in a circle when mapping the journey, so that we have the humility to remain a Fool as new things arise.
XXI is the number of the World. We find the wild creative of the Empress in our being (2+1=3)
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